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AREF-MRC Towards Leadership Programme 2023/24: Apply Now

Firstly, the AREF-MRC Towards Leadership Programme 2023–2024 is now accepting applications. The initiative seeks to equip bright young African scientists to compete successfully for the UKRI MRC and other significant funding opportunities in global health research. African scientists will get funding from the MRC and the Africa Research Excellence Fund (AREF), which will help them reach their full leadership and global health research potential.

AREF-MRC Towards Leadership Programme 2023/24: Apply Now
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AIM Of AREF-MRC Towards Leadership Programme

The program will take place between October 2023 and October 2024 and will include a virtual workshop in addition to two residential workshops (the opening and closing).

The AREF Towards Leadership program’s goal is to enable brilliant young African scientists to excel as leaders in the ecosystem of international health research. Together, we are supporting exceptional African scientists in Africa, improving their capacity for leadership and global health research.

Programme outline

The following components make up the program:

  • At intervals of six months, three combined workshops that are motivational and useful.
  • Additional webinars, lessons, and online resources
  • Assessments and evaluations at the beginning and end of the program
  • The participation of all parties involves cooperation.

The Program’s topics are adapted to each cohort’s needs and include the following:

  1. The Researcher As Leader
  2. The Effective Researcher
  3. The Researcher As Communicator
  4. The Compelling Applicant
  5. The Researcher As Manager


For chosen nominees, MRC and AREF will pay for the seminars as well as their lodging and transport costs.

Eligibility requirements

Furthermore, Candidates must be early career researchers leading their own research group and inhabitants of an African nation who are employed by an accredited African university or research organization. They must have experience securing research funding and either a research doctorate or a medical or clinical degree with a suitable master’s degree.

Process of selection for AREF-MRC Towards Leadership Programme

Applicant must give evidence of their capacity to advance both themselves and their home institution, offer a compelling personal statement, and secure a letter of support from a senior authorized representative of their employing institution in order to be accepted.

Key Dates

Once again, Applications closing deadline 16:00 GMT 12th May 2023

Also Successful applicants notified w/c 24th July 2023

How to  Apply For AREF-MRC Towards Leadership Programme

Finally, Candidates who are interested and meet the requirements should apply by clicking on the “Apply” button below:


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